Raising Resilient Kids
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Michelle worked as a teacher before establishing Youth Excel, a charity which helps young people make positive life choices during difficult times.
As a national speaker, Michelle has a unique ability to transfer years of knowledge and experience to people of all ages and professions. In 2013, Michelle was awarded Inspirational Women Speaker of the Year by the Queensland State Government.
Michelle is recognised as a teenage expert. Her innovative work has been featured on The Today Show, Today Tonight, Channel Ten Morning News, 96.5fm, ABC radio, The Melbourne Age, Women's Weekly, The Courier Mail and countless other print media.
Michelle is married and has two teenagers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.
Wendy is the Director of Early Learning at an Independent School in Melbourne. An early childhood specialist, she is the driving force behind the development the early years programs. She has been an educator in early childhood settings, TAFE and Primary school for over 30 years.
Wendy is passionate about developing resilience, social skills, and building a strong sense of wonder and curiosity about the world we live in. She loves connecting children with nature and inspiring sustainability practice. She values the uniqueness of childhood and encourages hands on learning through exploration, discovery and play.
Wendy is married to Roger and has 2 adult children.
Sharon Witt has been immersed in the teen world for over two decades in her role as a secondary educator, author and presenter to adolescents and their parents around Australia.
Sharon is also a regular media commentator on parenting and educational issues and is often called upon to comment on radio, print media and national television. She currently appears nationally on Australia's breakfast television show, Sunrise and is the 'Child Whisperer' on Melbourne's Light FM's Ken & Lucy breakfast program and the Gold Coast's Juice FM
She is also the author of the bestselling Teen Talk series of books that have helped many thousands of teenagers in Australia, and beyond, to navigate their adolescent journey. Her parenting book Teen Talk- Parent Talk, was shortlisted for the Australian Christian Publishers awards in 2012.
Sharon is passionate about equipping educators and parents in understanding key issues affecting our young people, and providing practical strategies for helping them make positive choices. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her very supportive husband Andrew and two amazing teenagers.
Melinda Tankard Reist is a Canberra-based writer and researcher with a special interest in womens health, new reproductive technologies and medical abuses of women. She trained and worked as a journalist in country Victoria and was awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to study journalism in the United States in 1987.
Melindas' work has been published in newspapers and journals in Australia and overseas. She has written chapters on the mistreatment of women in population control programs for four books including China for Women: Travel and Culture (Feminist Press, New York, Spinifex Press, Melbourne). She has reported for a number of ABC radio programs, including 'Women Out Loud!' and Radio Australias Asia Focus program, for which she covered the United Nations Fourth World Womens' Conference in Beijing. Her books include Giving Sorrow Words and Defiant Birth.